Following The New York Times investigation on Harvey Weinstein and his history with sexual assault, over 30 women have come forward stating they too had fallen victim to the Weinstein’s disturbing actions. Celebrities as well have come forward to express their disproval for the entertainment industry’s sexually abusive culture toward women, including Blake Lively who appeared on Good Morning America on Monday.
“I think it’s important we acknowledge this isn’t just Hollywood,” Lively said when asked how Hollywood could move forward on this issue. “This is so much global. And this isn’t, ‘Oh, guess what, this is what’s happening to women suddenly.’ This has been happening to women since the beginning of time, and I think that’s what’s important.”
Major actresses like Gweneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd came forward as being sexually harassed and assaulted by Weinstein, whose accusations include rape and forced sexual contact.
“I think when people come forward, you have to acknowledge,” Lively said. “There’s been moments when I’ve come forward, other people have come forward with things that just feel a little [off] and you’re not sure, but when your bosses tell you that this is not priority to them, then you think, ‘This must not be that big of a deal. What I’m complaining about isn’t really that big of a deal.’ And it is.”
Since the initial story broke, many have created Twitter hashtags such as #MeToo and other ways to unite against violence against women and support those who have had to go through the traumatic experience of sexual assault. But Lively stressed there’s more to be done.
“But’s it’s more than ‘Oh, we’re talking about it and we’re supporting it.’ It’s action. Everybody says that they stand in solidarity but you have to show that you stand in solidarity.”